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The Contemporary Glass Society: Joyful Reflections - Celebrating the International Year of Glass

30 April to 11 June 2022

The Contemporary Glass Society: Joyful Reflections - Celebrating the International Year of Glass

The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring the year 2022 as the International Year of Glass to celebrate the heritage and importance of this material in our lives. To celebrate this, the New Ashgate is delighted to present two art glass exhibitions this year.

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Contemporary Glass Society to present Joyful Reflections, an exhibition featuring 15 exceptional makers working in a variety of diverse glass techniques.

The Contemporary Glass Society is the leading organisation representing national and international glass artists, designers, and makers. With over 1,000 members, the society champions the work of independent makers through a variety of initiatives including business development opportunities and exhibitions at leading galleries all over the UK.

On their 50th anniversary, we are delighted to announce that the Crafts Council has selected the exhibition as a Make! Craft Live! partner.

In Joyful Reflections, the artists step back from the sadness of the pandemic and embrace the joy of life as we know it now. Vibrant colours and transparent forms reflect the joyful moments we have come to appreciate in everyday life.

Selected makers include Teresa Chlapowski, Hannah Gibson, Jianyong Guo, Laura Hart, Julie Light, Roberta Mason, Wendy Newhofer, Lisa Pettibone, Laura Quinn, Morag Reekie, Amy Skachill Burke, Nancy Sutcliffe, Cara Wassenberg, Frans Wesselman and Sandra Young.

Testing the parameters of the material, the makers highlight their refined craft skills including blown, cast, fused, engraved and stained-glass techniques through a collective of sculptural and decorative work.

The exhibition highlights the luminous, reflective, and often illusional qualities of glass, celebrating its unique ability to express fragility, rigidity, pattern, and form.

Our second exhibition for the International Year of Glass opens on 24th September, presenting stained glass by Jessica Stroud, the Surrey Artist of the Year 2021.

Teresa Chlapowski

Ocean Energy wall panel

Fused glass with silver leaf and copper

Ref: 116623

48 x 32 x 0.8 cms


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Teresa Chlapowski

Teresa's recent work is imbued with a riot of colour and light, creating intricate patterns that burst out into a kaleidoscope of reflections. As a way of expressing her textile background, she uses glass with one off slumping moulds which give a fabric, flowing quality to her fused glass panels, sculptures and vessels.

In her more figurative work she 'paints' a glimpse of the human form that is simultaneously mysterious and revealing but always with a story to tell.

Teresa uses a variety of techniques including fusing and sand casting. Photography acts as an inspiration, catching a moment of light, shadows or detailed patterns found in the everyday world around us and which are then translated into her glass pieces.

The Earth Energy & Ocean Energy panels attempts to show how beautiful our world is, from the hot volcanic Earth beneath us to the colours of our Oceans. We (the shadows) stand above all this, as guardians, but we are also dwarfed by its grandeur. Climate change means we must look after what we have and be positive about our future and that of our amazing planet.

Glass, itself being made of solid sand yet able to flow like a liquid when heated, is a perfect medium to express this beauty all around us. The reflections that glass casts, in partnership with light, add an almost ephemeral dimension trapped in the moment and of course in the artwork.

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